Dear Editor,There has been a lot of language of defiance following the CCJ’s ruling of June 18. Losing a no-confidence vote is not the end of political life. As the CCJ said, a no-confidence vote is an aspect of democratic governance in parliamentary democracies. It is used to hold governments accountable to Parliament and to the voters by way of their representatives. So many regimes (governments) and political leaders lost a no-confidence vote in recent times (including in the UK, Australia, Austria, Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc). Political life goes on. Some make a comeback; others quit. Democracy is strengthened and corruption is lessened. This is how countries get better governance. Rulers become fearful they could lose power if they don’t govern in the best interests of the nation. No one is cheated. All benefit from a no-confidence vote; a country learns from it. So why the defiance?A ruler must not take measures to evade the consequences of a successful no-confidence vote by taking instruction from the elections commission to set a date for elections. The law states that the President has to dissolve Parliament and hold elections within ninety days. Guyana is perhaps the worst case of a government seeking to avoid elections after a no-confidence vote by invoking the name of the elections commission as an excuse. The law does not state that the President must consult with GECOM on its preparedness for elections. The elections commission is supposed to be permanently prepared for elections because a government can fall anytime. In fact, the law states that that the voters’ list must be continuously updated in preparation for elections. There is continuous identity registration of fourteen-year-olds so that eligible voters (attaining 18) would be on the voters’ list. Saying the list is not ready is a lame excuse. Saying that the list has names of the dead and migrants is also a lame excuse; those dead and migrants were also on every voters’ list including the one used last November for the local elections and last May 2015 elections that catapulted the coalition to office.No ruler should be fearful of facing the electorate – the true bosses of the politicians. A ruler can very well win re-election after losing a no-confidence vote or when counted out of the voting ring. Just last month, the Australian PM won re-election when he was all but counted out. The rulers of Austria, Greece, Israel, and several other countries have decided to face the electorate after the Parliament lost confidence in them (even though a formal vote was not taken). The ruler of the United Kingdom decided to step down after failing to get a majority of MPs to back her. We should not forget that former President Donald Ramotar “fired himself” rather than face a no-confidence vote – that is an option of a country and is also an aspect of democracy. Basdeo Panday of Trinidad also fired himself in December 2001 and called elections that he lost rather than face a no-confidence vote.President David Granger is a military man and I am sure he will do the right and honourable thing; he knows what are orders and will subject himself to the orders of the court (CCJ). I am confident the President will dissolve Parliament very soon and begin consultation with the Opposition Leader on the replacement of his unilateral appointee of GECOM Chair.The court was very clear that the appointment of James Patterson violated the Constitution. The President was misadvised that he could act unilaterally in appointing the Chair of GECOM. The court has so informed him that the process he used to appoint Patterson was flawed and a violation of the Constitution. There must be consultation with the Opposition Leader, who will provide six names and the President will choose one as GECOM Chair; there is no way around that process. I think President Granger will act accordingly.Separately, I am disappointed with the incendiary language used by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Finance Minister Winston Jordan – “there is going to be war” if there is no house-to-house registration. Both know that the law does not call for house-to-house registration, in fact, the CCJ also made reference to this point. That kind of militant language of violence belongs to a bygone era. As the CCJ judges said, the country can’t go back to the period of Burnhamism or authoritarian rule. The law is very clear that once a government loses a no-confidence vote, it must resign, serve as a caretaker, and hold elections within ninety days. The CCJ will not allow a violation of the Constitution, having drawn heavily from the language in the Constitution in rendering the unanimous judgment in favour of the no-confidence vote.Even the court noted that there is no need for house-to-house registration of voters; names not on the list can be added. Those who migrated or the dead, the latter in particular, can’t turn up to vote or can the latter vote as happened in 1968, 1973, 1978, 1980, and 1985.Nagamootoo has had a reputation of championing democracy since his high school days in the 1960s. It would be disingenuous of him to evade democratic practices by threatening violence if Government does not get its way. That is not the result of a no-confidence vote and how the system works. The no-confidence vote allows the polity to cleanse or revitalise itself.All sides must pull back on this talk of violence, desist from advocating delayed elections, and respect the rule of law as clarified by the learned judges of the CCJ – new elections within ninety days from June 24.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisram
Arsene Wenger heaped more praise on star playmaker Mesut Ozil after the German’s glittering performance in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth.Ozil, 27, set up Gabriel Paulista for their first goal before combining well with Olivier Giroud to grab a goal himself as the Gunners went to the top of the Premier League, for 24 hours at least.Only two weeks ago Wenger described his attacker as ‘an absolutely unbelievable player’ and, in the absence of Alexis Sanchez, he has stepped up to the plate by registering 16 assists this term.When asked about Ozil, Wenger said: “My English vocabulary is not rich enough to say how good he is!“What is even better is to watch him play, he’s a pleasure to watch and look at the numbers and see assists to assists and he’s started to score goals.“I am very happy and very proud we have such a player in our squad.”Arsenal were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Southampton on Boxing Day but they could enter 2016 as Premier League leaders, if Leicester fail to beat Man City tomorrow.But Wenger played down his side’s chances with 19 games remaining, insisting the aim is to stay with the pack and remain consistent.“At the moment, for me what is more important is to be up there and being one point in front or behind is not so important.“But what is more important is to show consistency with our results and to show we are a real team after disappointment.“Until the end of the season you go through disappointments and your success will be decided by how well you respond. And that’s what we showed today.“We had a hesitant start after the hiding we got on Saturday, but overall we got slowly into the game and after that we dominated the game, we played with pace high up and gave Bournemouth problems.“It was a very strong response in a very convincing way to get us three very important points.”The clean sheet means Petr Cech set a new Premier League record, weeks after equalling David James’ tally, and the French manager was delighted for his summer signing from Chelsea.He now has 170 clean sheets and Wenger said: “Records are never a coincidence and we just witnessed the exceptional quality of the player because there are so many goalkeepers in the world who play so many games.“We know how exceptional he is but had he not beaten the record he would have stayed an exceptional goalkeeper. I hope it gives him hunger to do much more.”Meanwhile defender Gabriel scored his first Arsenal goal and his boss believes he has all the qualities to be a ‘great defender’.He added: “I brought him in last Christmas and I think what he has shown tonight is that he’ll be a great defender for Arsenal Football Club.“Not only because he scored the goal but because of his concentration, quality of physical ability, his agility, his mental strength, makes him a very promising centre back.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe “Our Good Nature” theme can be taken as meaning Mother Nature or people’s good-hearted nature or a combination of both. The city’s 2006 entry, “A Magical Place to Call Home,” played off the city’s annual Fall Festival. Float designer Raul Rodriguez incorporated the festival’s fairies and a cornucopia into its design. Ideas will be reviewed by a committee. The winning ideas will be referred to Rodriguez in mid-May. The city plans to have the same budget for the float as the 2006 entry, $150,000. The float will also be the same length, 35 feet. The city will be looking to increase the private donations for the project, Biery said. Last year, donors provided about $84,000 in cash and in-kind services. The city is aiming to increase that amount by $10,000. PALMDALE – City officials are asking residents for ideas for Palmdale’s 2007 Tournament of Roses parade float. Float ideas must fit in with the parade’s theme of “Our Good Nature,” and the person who provides the winning idea will receive two tickets for grandstand seats for the Jan. 1 parade in Pasadena. “We’re trying to get themes and concepts,” said city administrator Laura Biery, who is overseeing the project. “It doesn’t have to be much, just a couple of sentences. We can take it from there.” Ideas need to be submitted to the city by 5:30 p.m. May 1. The ideas can be submitted online at the city’s Web site, cityofpalmdale.org. The donations were used to support the volunteers, who numbered well over 600. That support included underwriting much of the cost for busing them to the float construction site in Duarte, providing T-shirts, meals and prizes. City officials envision the parade as a yearly tradition for Palmdale with future floats being entirely underwritten by donations. The floats help the city by generating a positive buzz in the media as well as building community pride, officials say. City officials believe they scored on both accounts with the 2006 entry, citing the large number of volunteers and extensive media coverage that included more than 20 newspaper articles about the float prior to the parade, television coverage from seven Los Angeles-based news stations, and coverage from two cable channels. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Garry Monk has explained he had to leave Leeds United because he didn’t ‘align’ with the Elland Road club’s new ownership.Appointed Leeds boss last summer, Monk appeared on his way to guiding the Whites to a play-off place – though a late season collapse saw them miss out on a top six finish.The 38-year-old was expected to extend his stay with the Yorkshire club, but talks with owner Andrea Radrizzani broke down after the Italian completed his full takeover.Radrizzani purchased the remaining 50 per cent of Leeds from Massimo Cellino on May 23 to take full ownership, and just two days later Monk’s resignation was confirmed.He has since been appointed Middlesbrough manager on a three-year deal, and speaking to talkSPORT Monk has revealed it was the ownership which caused him to depart Elland Road.He said: “I loved [my time at Leeds]. It was a situation where I went into Leeds, a fantastic club, and got to work straight away.“My only thought at that point last season was to be at Leeds and to continue at Leeds.“But once you go through that new process – the new ownership – after the season had finished when I got to speak to the ownership there and have those discussions, it was one of those where it didn’t align with how I felt I need to work at my best to take the club forward.“And that happens.”Relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, Boro will be aiming to achieve an immediate return to the top flight.Chairman Steve Gibson has done well to hire one of the most highly rated young managers in the English game, and Monk admitted Gibson played a key role in his decision to move to Teesside.“When you speak to him, the passion he has, the desire he has, for this club – the determination – was something that really struck me.“I’m a determined person myself, and I said I wanted to be challenged. And this is a real challenge for me – and for Middlesbrough itself.“Once I spoke to him it was very clear this would be the right club and the right opportunity for myself.”
As dress rehearsals go this was pretty close to the real thing as regards Championship preparation; there is an intense rivalry between the neighbouring counties of Donegal and Tyrone and yesterday served to further highlight this. In 12 weeks they will do it all again but the prize will be much more than two league points.Tyrone took the spoils this time and did the damage in a devastating third quarter when they pushed home their numerical advantage from the field to the scoreboard.The size of the crowd at Healy Park conveyed the importance attached to this fixture and how both sets of supporters are eagerly awaiting the showdown in May. Unfortunately the organisation was somewhat lacking at the Omagh venue with hundreds of people still queuing up outside as the match threw in. Tyrone GAA in general is a shining example of how to do things right so it’s a shame that their premier ground is not setup to cater for a such a large crowd. Much of the pre-match build up focused on how the managers would setup their sides and whether or not they would try to keep their cards close to their chests. Jim McGuinness opted to station Neil Gallagher on the edge of the square, only coming deep for kick-outs; he wouldn’t be unfamiliar with the role having fulfilled this with his club during their County title winning charge but you’d imagine there’ll be no repeat come May.His influence and organisation was missing around the middle third with several instances of Tyrone men winning kick outs uncontested and it gave the home side a platform from which to launch their attacks. Even on limited primary possession Donegal looked incisive when they went forward and McGuinness will be happy with how they were able to open up the Tyrone rearguard. Primary possession of course isn’t hugely important to Donegal such is their ability to turn the ball over and win it back when opponents foray into the hungry tacklers lined up along Donegal’s 45 metre line but even still, the amount of pressure-free ball Tyrone players were allowed to win needs to be worked on.Donegal didn’t yield too much from the Gallagher at full forward ploy but their running game was working and they also had a certain magician in the No 14 jersey. An outrageous point from Michael Murphy showed his glorious run of form shows no sign of stopping. Receiving possession on the right wing he took a hop, soloed with his right and came inside onto his left foot; then in feigning to shoot, he dummy soloed and in one movement turned 180 degrees and stroked it over from a tight angle without barely a glance at the posts. Not many players in Ireland could execute such a piece of skill but its just another magic trick from The Maestro’s ever-growing repertoire.The great players, in any field sport, always have an ability to create time and space for themselves. Whether it’s a side step from Brian O’Driscoll or close control from Lionel Messi, these skills result in a player having more time than they had when they first received possession. Murphy’s marker Conor Clarke, who a super game in last year’s Championship clash, was within a half yard of his man but with the dummy and turn Murphy was in a few yards of space. It’s the art of forward play and artists like Murphy aren’t made, they’re born. He scored another from play soon after but just before half time the game was turned on its head. A missed penalty from Murphy, a second booking for a sliding tackle on Joe McMahon and also a first yellow for Neil Gallagher which would be followed up by another in the second half . Michael normally throttles his penalty shots but he didn’t get that correct strike through the ball and Niall Morgan was off his line quickly to get his hands to the effort. As for the red card, it was a silly attempt to retrieve the ball by Donegal’s captain and could be deemed dangerous but he can feel hard done by for a challenge that was clumsy rather than malicious.While that was undoubtedly a huge moment in the game, the real sucker punch came courtesy of Stephen O’Neill’s goal. A hesitant Neil McGee let a long ball drop in behind him and while he made a heroic effort to block the follow-up shot he couldn’t prevent it from finding the net. McGee and O’Neill had quite a battle on the edge of the square and they continued to exchange pleasantries after the final whistle – that’s certainly a confrontation brewing ahead of May.Donegal had got a couple of scores on the bounce at this stage and were within a point of the home side so the goal couldn’t have come at a worse time. The hosts pushed on after that and even though Donegal stuck to their task and were helped by substitute Patrick McBrearty’s contribution they could never get to within striking distance of the Red Hand men.There were encouraging signs from some of the players who’d been missing until now though with Paddy McGrath and Frank McGlynn both getting a valuable 70 minutes under their belts.Leo McLoone ran well from deep, often sitting in front of centre-back McGlynn. Leo had one of his finest ever displays in a Donegal jersey in the same fixture two years ago when he produced a master class and gave the great Sean Cavanagh the run around. Both McLoone and Cavanagh have endured injury nightmares since that fixture and Tyrone fans are delighted with the Moy clubman’s performances to date in 2013. He’s keen to make up for the amount games he’s missed through successive shoulder injuries and he was certainly fired up for yesterday’s encounter. A fine long range point in the second half and the salute to the crowd which followed it illustrated how pumped up he and his team-mates were in facing the All-Ireland Champions.The atmosphere on the field of play spilled over on numerous occasions and losing a physical, heated battle such as this will generally give a team a sense that they’ve been bullied – this will give Donegal huge motivation for when the sides meet again.Mickey Harte said in his autobiography a few years ago how annoyed he and his players were by what they saw as showboating on Donegal’s part in a league victory in 2007. He noted the lack of humility from those in green and gold but was well aware that “there’s always another day.” That day came a few months later when his Tyrone team blitzed Donegal in the Ulster semi-final at Clones.While the home team enjoyed their victory and revelled in the nasty undercurrent on show, Donegal know that there will be another day – and, assuming the Ulster Council make the right call on the venue, you wont want to be anywhere other than Ballybofey on May 26th. CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: BATTLE LOST BUT WAR STILL TO COME was last modified: March 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: BATTLE LOST BUT WAR STILL TO COME
PORTLAND, Ore. – The angry words flowed out of Steve Kerr’s mouth. Then, the Warriors couch threw his clipboard onto the ground. And just like that, Kerr was ejected in what became the defining moment of the Warriors’ 129-107 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.“Get the F— out of my way!!!” Kerr said in a joking manner as he entered his interview scrum.Kerr was hardly in a joking mood when he likely dropped a few other F-bombs during his exchange with official Ken Mauer. The …
The Warriors didn’t include Andre Iguodala on their game day injury report Wednesday afternoon, meaning the veteran forward is available to play in Game 5 against the Rockets Wednesday night after hyperextending his left knee late in Monday’s Game 4 loss.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that Iguodala was probable, but he participated in shootaround Wednesday morning before being cleared.Iguodala suffered the injury with about 10 seconds left in Game 4 and the Warriors trailing 111-108. …
This coming weekend, the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) will take a trip down memory lane in celebration of its 25th anniversary, under the theme: 25toLife. The SAMAs present an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of specialists in the local music industry.The awards ceremony and celebrations have noticeably evolved over the last 25 years. The first-ever awards show was hosted at the Alberton Civic Centre, later moving between Johannesburg, Sun City and Durban. This year, the SAMAs return to Sun City on 1 June 2019.In honouring the harmonious legacy created over the past 25 years, the hosts have decided to bring out a few big names in the entertainment industry; game-changers who have had a part to play in the advancement of artists and producers in the entertainment space. Seasoned radio and TV hosts Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala will be co-hosting the awards. The pair are well-known for presenting Studio Mix, a popular music show that was aired on SABC1 in the 1990s. They will be joined by other hosts throughout the night, like hip-hop star Khuli Chana and media personality, Nomzamo Mbatha.Over the years, the awards have paid homage to forerunners like Miriam Makeba, Manhattan Brothers, Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka. This year, a special honour will be bestowed upon late hip-hop star HHP, as well as legends TKZee and Mango Groove.The industry continues to take form, by appointing experts to address critical issues, while harnessing fresh talent eager to make a footprint.The SAMAs are hosted by The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). The show will be aired at 20:00 on SABC 1 on Saturday 1 June. Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO said in a press statement: ’25 to Life is a celebration of the 25 years of SAMA’s existence and the role music played in driving social cohesion. We have lived music since the dawn of time and it has shaped the way we think and feel, and has helped us forge our identity as a nation.‘We look forward to sharing memorable SAMA moments, from their humble beginning and how different genres have evolved in the last 25 years to reflect the country’s evolution. There is no doubt that South Africans live music and appreciate its meaning and impact in their lives, that is why the SAMAs continue to honour the artists through this premium event.’
The forming of various committees ahead of the general elections for the Congress’ Maharashtra unit has put three former chief ministers and senior leaders of the party in different committees, ensuring no clashes and smooth functioning of the election campaign in the State. The move is also aimed at revitalising the senior party leadership, which has been sidelined for some time now.Sushilkumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan, the three former chief ministers, have been given responsibilities of the campaign, manifesto and election committees respectively. According to party sources, the responsibility of different committees will ensure that there is no clash of ideas and each leader can perform his duty without any interference. “We have ensured every leader gets his due and the party will contest as a unit. Everyone will do their best to fulfill their responsibility,” said a Delhi-based party leader, who is also involved with the Maharashtra unit.Mr. Shinde has been on the back foot, ever since his loss in the 2014 general election from Solapurconstituency. However, he will be contesting the 2019 polls and as chairman of the campaign committee, he will be travelling across the State.Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, who was chief minister in 2014, was criticised within and outside the party over the Congress’ loss in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. He has been absent from the national scene for a while. “We will be making rational promises, which our government will fulfill, unlike the BJP,” said the leader from Delhi. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has also been tasked with the election committee. Former MLA and former Mumbai president Kripashankar Singh has also been appointed to the committee amid speculation that he will switch to the BJP. He has recently been acquitted in a disproportionate assets case.
The Opposition in Punjab hit out at the Congress government on Friday, accusing it of not having any concrete policy to fight the drugs menace prevalent in the State. The criticism came a day after the State government brought back IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu as chief of the anti-drugs Special Task Force, nearly a year after he was removed from the post following reports of a tussle between him and the then DGP. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, the principal Opposition, said the State government’s decision of yet again change the STF chief shows lack of planning and concrete policy. “The Congress has been in power for over two years now, yet the problem of drugs continues unabated. It’s time for taking decisive action, but the government is busy in ‘cosmetic’ moves to save its face,” said senior party leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Sadhu Singh and Gurdit Singh Sekhon in a joint statement here.CM targetedThe leaders also took potshots at the Chief Minister. “The government should give the reason why Mr. Sidhu was removed earlier and why now he is being brought back. While we do not question Mr. Sidhu’s determination towards his duty, the Chief Minister’s intentions are under cloud,” said the leaders.Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik said that the purpose of setting up the STF was only to corner political opponents. “Replacing officers only proves that if anyone does not cooperate with the government’s whim and fancies, he or she should be moved,” he told reporters.